Floods in Johor, Pahang worsen as number of victims continues to rise

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  • Sunday, 03 Jan 2021

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The flood situation in Johor and Pahang worsened Sunday (Jan 3) evening with the number of flood evacuees in relief centres rising drastically.

In JOHOR, the number of evacuees had risen to 6,557 people from 1,694 families in seven districts as of 4pm Sunday compared to 6,284 evacuees from 1,628 families recorded at noon.

Johor state Health and Environment Committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said four more evacuation centres were opened, bringing the total to 60 centres, four in Mersing, Pontian (one), Kluang (19), Kota Tinggi (16), Johor Bahru (13), Kulai (five) and two in Batu Pahat.

Two centres, however, were closed, Balairaya Kampung Paya in Kluang and Dewan Raya Kampung Ulu Pulai in Pontian, at 2pm Sunday.

According to Vidyananthan, Johor Baru still has the highest number of evacuees with 2,452 individuals, followed by Kluang (1,990), Kota Tinggi (1,223), Kulai (581), Mersing (257), Batu Pahat (36) and Pontian (18).

In Kota Tinggi, Jalan Sungai Sayong at Jambatan Sungai Sayong, Jalan Tun Sri Lanang in Bandar Kota Tinggi, Jambatan Jalan Semangar and Jalan Mawai Lama were closed to all vehicles, while in Kluang, Jalan Batu Pahat-Mersing in Ladang Pak Loh as well as Jalan Batu Pahat-Kluang in Sekolah Menengah Kahang were closed to light vehicles, he said.

"Jalan Batu Pahat-Mersing at Pertubuhan Peladang Negeri Johor and Hock Huat is also closed to all vehicles and one lane of Jalan Kluang-Mersing in Kampung Contoh is closed due to a collapsed bridge. In Johor Bahru, Jalan Haji Suhud Taman Muhibbah is also closed following a collapsed bridge, ” he added.

Meanwhile, the state’s Women, Family and Community Development Committee chairman Zaiton Ismail said the state government will ensure the needs of all evacuees at relief centres are met throughout their time there, including for them to have adequate face masks and hand sanitiser.

She added that packed food would be provided to the evacuees three times a day.

In PAHANG, the number of flood evacuees jumped significantly in the evening with 3,273 individuals from 902 families housed in relief centres compared to 447 evacuees involving 119 families at noon Sunday.

According to the Social Welfare Department disaster info website, nine districts in the state are affected by floods as of 6pm Sunday following continuous rain since Saturday (Jan 2).

The website also stated that Kuantan had the most evacuees at 1,027 individuals followed by Maran (593), Raub (456), Jerantut (433), Rompin (358), Temerloh (273), Pekan (53), Bentong (45) and Lipis (35).

In SELANGOR, 40 people from Kg Baru A and Kg Selisik in Hulu Bernam were also evacuated to two evacuation centres after their houses were inundated by floodwaters since Saturday night.

"The floodwaters had risen to 1m to 1.2m at the two villages. Seven people in a family from Kg Baru A are now taking shelter at the village community hall, while four others from another family chose to stay with a relative.

"Some 29 people from 15 families in Kg Selisik are housed at the Selisik Community Hall, ” the Smart Selangor Command Centre told Bernama.

Anticipating that the number would continue rising tonight, the Command Centre says it would keep monitoring the situation and share the information from time to time. - Bernama

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